Making the Peace: A 15-session Violence Prevention Curriculum for Young People

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Hunter House, 1997 - Education - 180 pages
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The "Making the Peace" curriculum is a complete program offering everything needed to address violence prevention in the classroom, after-school program, residential program for youth, or juvenile justice setting. The curriculum can be adapted to various time frames and parts may be incorporated into social studies, health, or other courses. Working with young people can help reduce the social inequality at the roots of most violence and restore the human integrity that violence denies. It begins with five sessions that introduce basic concepts of violence and prevention and provide a framework of safety and respect for the class. These five sessions are the groundwork for the next six sessions that examine the particular forms violence can take. Sessions 6 and 7 look at alternatives to intra- and interracial violence and anti-Semiticism. Session 8 explores the economic roots of some violence. Sessions 9 and 10 look at gender relationships and violence toward women, and Session 11 examines strategies for reducing gun-related violence. The last four sessions focus on healing from past experiences of violence and on youth leadership in making the peace. Fourteen exercises for the student to do alone are included. (Contains 22 handouts and 47 references.) (SLD)

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Paul Kivel is a trainer, activist, writer and a cofounder of the Oakland Men's Project. He has personally developed and conducted hundreds of workshops, training thousands of teens and adults on such topics as male/female relationships, alternatives to violence, racism, family violence and sexual assault, parenting, and diversity issues. He has worked with public schools, private schools, and universities, government agencies, youth recreation and leadership programs, juvenile corrections, jails and prisons, and with community based organizations. His essays have been published in books and magazines, and he has appeared on local and national television. Paul Kivel is the author of several books including Men's Work: How to Stop the Violence that Tears Our Lives Apart, and Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice, which received the Gustavus Myers award for Human Rights in 1996. He is also co-author of several widely used curricula including Making the Peace, Young Men's Works, Helping Teens Stop Violence, and Young Women's Lives. His most recent book is Boys Will Be Men: Raising Our Sons for Courage, Caring, and Community. Paul Kivel lives in Oakland, CA, with his partner and their daughter and two sons.

Creighton is co-founder of the Oakland Men's Project.

The Oakland Men's Project is a community prevention and training program focused on issues of interpersonal violence.

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